Dayot Upamecano urged to snub Arsenal and Man Utd transfers to stay at RB Leipzig for another season by Lothar Matthaus – The Sun
DAYOT UPAMECANO has been urged to carry on his development at RB Leipzig for at least another season by German legend Lothar Matthaus.
The 21-year-old defender has had a breakthrough campaign with 29 appearances in all competitions leading to transfer interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
But the Frenchman has been advised by Bayern Munich legend and World Cup winner Matthaus to continue building experience with Leipzig before rushing into a mega-money move.
He told Sky Sports: "I can see him playing for all the big clubs when he gets more experience.
"He's a young player, highly rated, fast, has a good positional game and uses his body well for a 21-year-old. But a year or two in Leipzig would not hurt him.
"Leipzig are a top team – one of the last eight remaining in the Champions League.
"I can still see one or two per cent where he can learn, but he's a huge player and that's why I'm not surprised that top clubs in Europe are after him."
Upamecano was a pivotal part of Leipzig's Bundesliga title chase before the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic, as they currently sit third, five points adrift of leaders Bayern.
He also helped knock Tottenham out of the Champions League, keeping a clean sheet in both games.
Arsenal led the race to sign the defender throughout this season, though LaLiga champions Barcelona and Real Madrid have now registered an interest in the powerhouse centre-half.
Upamecano's Leipzig contract runs out at the end of 2021, and he is said to have a £50million release clause.
The centre-back admitted last month he is aware of the pursuit to lure him away from Germany, but Upamecano is not willing to reconsider his future until the season is over.
He told Foot Mercato: "I feel very good at RB Leipzig. I like my team-mates, the staff and my club. For the moment, I am still under contract until 2021.
"I am going to have to continue to train well and play matches. Even though I know that there are clubs that want me, that is certain, I am keeping my feet on the ground.
"We will discuss my future at the end of the season with my agents and my family."
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